Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Entrepreneurship

Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

Learn About Business Development With GCU’s Entrepreneurial Studies Degree 

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Entrepreneurial Studies from Grand Canyon University (GCU) will help you learn how to transform ideas into functional business operations. Through studying entrepreneurship, you will have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to take a business idea from conception through funding and development. 

Additionally, collaborative skills are stressed in the business degree in entrepreneurship program at GCU. Small learning groups help future entrepreneurs network and create vital business relationships. Peers and faculty alike act as mentors and sounding boards for creative idea generation and business proposal development.

Pursue Your Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies Online or on Campus

The Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies degree at GCU is offered both on campus and online. The online completion option provides you with flexibility, convenience and a variety of helpful online resources. When choosing to complete your degree online, you will receive high-quality instruction from qualified experts and engage in interactive coursework while earning your degree in a way that best suits you.

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While completing your business degree in entrepreneurship, you will benefit from the instruction and knowledge of your professors, learning crucial business practices and skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Some of these include:

  • Learning to solve business-related issues
  • Understanding consumer behavior and marketing research
  • Applying descriptive and inferential statistics in business
  • Building effective communication and networking skills
  • Exploring managerial concepts and strategies
  • Studying legal and ethical issues in business

Entrepreneurship Degree Students Develop Core Entrepreneurial Skills 

In your entrepreneurial studies degree program, you will study core areas and skills that will help you learn to establish, develop and run a business. The entrepreneurial studies degree program is centered around the core areas of:

  • Using design theory to identify and solve real-world problems
  • Developing business opportunities through networking and long-term connections
  • Creating mission-driven idea concepts to benefit both the business and society
  • Making technology work to scale ventures appropriately
  • Finding funding to bring new ideas to life
  • Effective oral and written business communication

Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor of Science Curriculum and Coursework

Entrepreneurship generally means striking out on one’s own to solve problems. As a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship degree student, you will be taught coursework that prepares you to be well-rounded in business in general. An entrepreneur usually oversees all aspects of their business, especially in early stages. As a graduate with a business degree in entrepreneurship, you will focus on understanding business practices from the ground up.

Coursework in the entrepreneurial studies degree focuses on:

  • Public relations
  • Operations management
  • Ethical leadership
  • Cultivating new ideas
  • Finance and accounting
  • Business law
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Work environments and culture
  • Communication and networking

Career Outcomes for Graduates of the Entrepreneurial Studies Degree 

Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies can gain many transferable skills. You will have the opportunity to become technologically-savvy, well-rounded in business knowledge and a persistent lifelong learner who can thrive in any environment.

So, while they may end up working for themselves, entrepreneurial studies degree grads may also find themselves in a variety of roles such as:

  • Chief executive
  • General and operations manager
  • Other manager positions

Entrepreneurial Studies Degree FAQs

If entrepreneurism is your calling, read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about starting your career as an entrepreneur and earning your business degree in entrepreneurship from GCU.

Total Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
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Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Campus: $8,250 per semester
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Online: $485 per credit
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Cost of Attendance

Entrepreneurs are more than just business owners or CEOs. They are people who see a need in society and find a way to fill that void. They may create a tangible product or an intangible service to help the people they have defined as their target market. 

An entrepreneur is someone with a creative vision. They see how the world could be different with their product or service in it. They are not afraid to try and fail; for every wrong turn gives them insight and answers to their work.

Entrepreneurs are persistent in their pursuits to fill the needs they see around them. They want to make things better. To do so, they’ll use courage and a willingness to embrace change. They are both independent and in need of strong and supportive teams. If this description resonates with you, perhaps you should consider a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship.

 Yes. Entrepreneurs create their own jobs and businesses, rather than seeking them out. While this career path can be challenging to establish in the beginning, it offers independence and flexibility that could be viewed as highly rewarding.

As an entrepreneur, you can work to develop a business that allows you to set your own hours and pursue whatever salary you want to strive to attain. You take on more risks without guarantees, but you can likewise receive more rewards. There is a wide range of possible salaries for an entrepreneur. 

Yes. While there is no guarantee of success in entrepreneurism, one benefit of this career path is that anyone can choose to take it on. Your success is dependent on how well you prepare yourself through education and experience. Equipping yourself with the proper education, in combination with your own motivation, is a great recipe for potential success in this career.

A degree that focuses on business and business management-related topics such as finance, marketing and economics can prove useful for aspiring entrepreneurs. An all-encompassing bachelor’s in entrepreneurship degree is ideal, as it touches on all these business disciplines, as well as ties in communications, public relations and ethical and legal business materials. These are all critical to know before looking to start your own business.

A degree in entrepreneurship opens the door to plentiful opportunities for you to start a career in various industries, also giving you the proper knowledge and skills needed to successfully start your own business. It validates your knowledge of running a business and prepares you to be a well-rounded business professional. 

Entrepreneurship is a calling. It requires patience, dedication and drive to make the world a better place. If you are ready to answer the call, learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies degree at GCU by filling out the form on this page.

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
60 credits
Open Elective Credits:
20-26 credits
Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.


Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4


Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides the foundation of core knowledge within the field of information technology. Topics include technology-centric organizations, the type and role of fundamental information technology systems, data management to include privacy and security, e-business and m-business, hardware, software, and computer networks.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course teaches students to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems, developing and testing hypotheses as they learn to create a new product or service.

Course Description

This course introduces models and practices used by contemporary marketers in fast-paced, dynamic, domestic and global markets, including the marketing concept and processes for developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of marketing plans. Building from a foundational understanding of consumer behavior and marketing research, students examine the development and implementation of marketing mix strategies and tactics with an emphasis of how marketing integrates within all aspects of business.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics in business. Topics include probability, probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144, MAT-154, or higher subsequent math course.

Course Description

In this course, students examine basic accounting concepts and explore how accounting information assists business leaders in making financial decisions that increase profitability and contribute to competitive advantage. There is specific emphasis on the analysis of financial statements in the business decision-making process, budgeting, and factors businesses must consider when determining appropriate pricing of goods and services. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144, MAT-154, or higher subsequent math course.

Course Description

This course focuses on the fundamental ideas of microeconomics. Students examine the market forces of supply and demand under different market structures in order to understand how economic agents make decisions about both consumption and production. The structure, conduct, and performance of markets are evaluated through analysis of consumer, producer, and societal welfare. Students explore the topic of factor markets in which the incomes of most workers and owners of capital and property are determined. Prerequisites: ACC-240 or ACC-250 and BUS-352.

Course Description

This course is designed to build effective communication and networking skills so that students can leverage contacts and relationships to create business opportunities. The importance of building a professional and trustworthy business reputation is also addressed. Prerequisite: ENT-436 or ESG-210.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to designing, planning, operating, and controlling production systems. Emphasis is on managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: BUS-352, MAT-274, MAT-374, or ESG-374.

Course Description

This course focuses on the national economy by examining macroeconomic data measuring national income, the cost of living, production and growth, and unemployment. Students examine the basic functions of the monetary system and analyze the macro economy in terms of long-run economic productivity and growth and in terms short-run fluctuations. The influence and effect of macroeconomic policy is studied within the context of current events. Prerequisite: ECN-361.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to managerial finance and the financial markets, analysis of financial statements, time value of money, interest rates, asset valuation, assessment of risk, cost of capital, and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ECN-220, ECN-351, or ECN-361; and ACC-240 or ACC-250.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course is a comprehensive study of the legal and ethical issues of concern to business, including those areas of the U.S. legal system that are most relevant to business, such as the law of torts, strict liability, intellectual property, and contract law. It explores the role of ethics and values in business decision making and approaches these subjects from the perspective of the stakeholders as opposed to an economic interpretation of the firm and its responsibilities.

Course Description

In this course, students test hypotheses or develop new hypotheses, cycling through a series of tests to develop a scalable business model, culminating in the development of a pitch for potential investors. Prerequisite: ENT-436 or STG-110 or ESG-210.

Course Description

Drawing upon real-world management situations, this course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations through detailed coverage of the functions of management, individual differences/diversity, leadership, motivation, decision making, organizational design, and organizational change and development. Emphasis is placed on how an understanding of organizational behavior leads to effective management practice.

Course Description

This course examines the growth of the venture capital market and provides students with an understanding of the advantages and risks associated with venture capital financing. Both start-up and growth needs are explored. The course focuses on the more practical aspects of structuring transactions that add value for the firm, owners, and financial backers. Prerequisite: ENT-446.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course serves as the capstone experience in business and management, introducing students to functional, business, and corporate strategy from the perspective of a strategy analyst. Tools and techniques are applied to the student’s previous knowledge of accounting, finance, management, analytics, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship, and leadership acquired through their individual programs of study. Students integrate strategic analysis to demonstrate mastery of a wide variety of business domains. Prerequisites: MGT-420 or MGT-422HN; FIN-210 or FIN-350; and MKT-245 or MKT-315.


GCU Campus Student

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.